concrete facade

Faculty of Biological and Geological Sciences, Madrid, Spain.

(Arch. Fernando Moreno Barberá, 1964-69)

Photo by Carlos Traspaderne with Hasselblad 500 C/M & Ilford film.

Torres Blancas, Madrid, Spain.

(Arch. Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza, 1964-68)

Photo by Carlos Traspaderne with Hasselblad 500 C/M & Ilford film.

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Throwback Thursday: Banque Lambert

This year we celebrate the golden anniversary of Banque Lambert, SOM’s first major building outside of the United States for a foreign client. The commission from the Brussels-based financial institution Banque Lambert also served as one of SOM architect Gordon Bunshaft’s first experiments with the expressive qualities of pre-stressed concrete. Here a load-bearing concrete facade cantilevers beyond the ground floor’s glazed perimeter, and viewed alongside the slightly tapered roofline, the facade’s sculptural pins and tails almost seem to float.